Changes at

We were shut down for a while to do our part to help tame Covid19… The store is back up and running. We are probably going overboard in our precautions (masks inside 100% of the time, Social distancing, no customers allowed in the store – Internet only, etc. Everything the CDC recommends and then some!)

I’m sure some time in the future we’ll look back at how crazy-paranoid we were, but oh well…

Other News, we are gearing up to move the shop down to Florida! I love Illinois and all my friends here – but hate the weather! – So that will be another disruption in our business. I’m working a lot to build up my inventory, so hopefully, I’ll be able to handle any requests!

California Saw Festival 2017

The 40th Annual Saw Festival in California!

Announcing the 40th Annual Saw Festival
August 12-13, 2017, in Santa Cruz and Felton, California.


August 12, 2017
2:00 pm Open jam at the Scribner Statue
1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
6:30 pm Potluck and jam
Roaring Camp outer parking lot in Felton, CA.

August 13, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm 40th Annual Saw Festival
Roaring Camp in Felton, CA.

11:00 am Musical Saw Contest on the Main Stage.
The 40th annual Saw Contest, the longest running saw contest in the world, will crown our 2017 champion.

At the festival you can jam, meet other saw players, take part in the contest, take a workshop, and hear some great saw players.

If you are planning to attend, please send an email to Also, please let us know if you are interested in performing on the main stage either as a soloist or with your group.

We hope to see you there!

Kenny Blacklock
Secretary-Treasurer, IMSA

Copyright © 2017 International Musical Saw Association, All rights reserved.

Striped Shirts and Straw Hats – Barber Shop Quartets

There was a study recently that indicated that most individuals who graduated from college as music majors never gravitate to an occupation in music. Besides the real conclusion that a great deal of children never ever reach their levels, it brings about another less evident conclusion. And that is that there is a great deal of musical skill available that is not properly touched.

As we talked about that finding, you may have kept in mind an ambition you could have had in life to have your own singing group and to delight in preparing and performing programs, also if it was on an amateur basis. And when you view those four guys or gals on stage in striped tee shirts and straw hats and launch into Lida Rose or Good Night Ladies, the temptation to do like that on your own is quite compelling.

There is not a better time to put together your very own barbershop quartet than in your retired life years. That massive urges of concealed musical skill is practically and most certainly hiding in your retirement home or neighborhood. The probabilities are that when you put a notification up on the buliten board at the retirement community or Laundromat of the seniors center that you are assembling a barbershop quartet, you will get swamped with interested elders who intend to join in on the fun.

It will certainly take some rehearsal and maybe a few voice lessons to get those aged voices up and running but there is no factor that the vocalizing voices of four well practiced and talented senior people could not sing those tunes and get everyone’s toes tapping. And think about the gratification you will really feel that you didn’t permit your music talent go to squander given that you are utilizing it to bring music and joy to others.

Barbershop is not the only kind of music that you and your musical senior people could really want to build a team about. While they were younger, many of us don’t believe regarding the reality that John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd endured their goal when they joined with each other as the Blues Brothers. These were 2 guys who liked the Chicago beat and they took that love of songs and took together a band that offered us all a bunch of enjoyable and joyful memories. Who is to say you and a couple of “Blues Brothers” of the kind the senior citizen in your area can not assemble equally as fun to perform locally.